I have the East Coast pedal bender and wanted to find out how everyone is bending theirs. Do you bend the straight brake pedal near the top to the left an inch or so and then put another bend lower down to straightn it up? The clutch pedal already has 2 bends so where is the best place to bend it and how much can you get away with?
Well first I have a shortened brake pedal to start. I bent my pedals with the box out of the car with pedals removed from the box. About 5 1/2 in from the top of the brake pedal I started my bend. Then at 9 in down started to bend it back. Take a piece of scrap 1 in flat steel to get the feel of which way bends which. Then you can mockup a bar and see how you like it. Then bend the real deal. It will also gouge the pedal so you can slip and small piece of the 1 in stock for the bolt to screw into as it's bending. It took a few times to get the right spacing a little at a time. I did not bend my clutch pedal at all. I would not be able to get my foot past it to rest if I did. I also have the "AC" pedals on my clutch and brake so if your using the stock setup or different pedals results might differ.G.
68 Cougar GT XR7 S code. 454" FE tunnelport.
I definately did mine OUT of the car. I know there are some dudes that bent them in the car. They must be stronger that I. You have to crank on the wrench to get them to bend even with the tool. I used a bench vise to get leverage. The answer to your question is: Yes I bent them in 2 places. Here is a pic of mine:
Sorry I couldn't get a run in over to your place Saturday or Sunday. For the entire weekend I drove to church and back once . When the weather breaks again I will head over. If you master the pedal bender let me know. I have hit the throttle by accident 6 times (minimum).
Sorry I couldn't get a run in over to your place Saturday
Steve - I was in my kitchen and heard this awesome sound only a Cobra can make and looked up in time to see heading out. I even caught you on your way back home. You are a marked man now. Craig aka Wolverine dropped by we kicked around the pedal bending ideas a while.
Didn't know you could hear or see me from your house. I guess I need to watch what I am doing. I will have to make sure you know when I am out of town so you can let me know if Geoff decides to take her out for a spin. I don't think he's that dumb . You need to stop by and see it!
I bent my pedals out of the car. Actually, I just held the clutch pedal arm in a vice and hammered it straight. The brake pedal was OK, so I left it alone, but there wasn't enough room for my left foot to fit between the clutch and frame in the stock configuration. With the pedal arms now parallel, the stock pads were too close together, sooo.... I bought a couple of replacement GM parking brake pads at AutoZone and trimmed the metal backing plates until they fit. I now have plenty of room for all three pedals and both feet! Looks good, cheap and easy. Here's the end result:
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